Guangzhou Dining

Plan Guangzhou food culture tour? Guangzhou Dining introduces Guangzhou Food and Restaurants including Guangzhou Cuisine, Restaurants in Guangzhou, Guangzhou Snacks, Guangzhou Food Street, which can guide you what to eat in Guangzhou, where to eat in Guangzhou.

A popular saying says that “All delicious food is in Guangzhou.”. Guangzhou delicacies are the main representatives of Cantonese Cuisine. Flavor features attach great importance to mouth-feel, so this kind of cuisine is famous for the taste of light, fresh, crispy, smooth, savory. Compared with other Chinese cuisines, these local dishes use few spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food. Besides Guangzhou morning tea and Guangzhou snacks are also worth tasting.

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Must-try Cantonese Dishes

White Cut Chicken(白切鸡)

White Cut Chicken is an extremely simple but fresh dish in Cantonese cuisine. The plain chicken is boiled with no added spices or flavors for fifteen minutes. The trick is to use a local, organic chicken for its natural flavor. After it's done, peanut oil, ginger and scallions are added just to compliment the taste ever so slightly. Most of the flavor will be in the taugt skin.

White Boiled Shrimp(白灼虾)

White boiled shrimp is a variety of night dish in Cantonese cuisine. The dish is made with shrimp in boiling (灼) hot water, and served with the shells. The shrimp is then eaten with soy sauce. When finished, people wash their hands in a bowl of warm tea and lemon.

Roasted Suckling Pig(烤乳猪)

A suckling pig is a piglet fed on its mother's milk (i.e., a piglet which is still a "suckling"). In culinary contexts, a suckling pig is slaughtered between the ages of two and six weeks. It is traditionally cooked whole, often roasted, in various cuisines. It is usually prepared for special occasions and gatherings.

Clay Pot Rice(煲仔饭)

Clay Pot Rice is also a strongly featured Guangzhou food. Local people cook the rice in the pot bowel and then add what they like on the rice to cook it all well, such as Chinese sausage and preserved meat, spare ribs, chicken, vegetables, etc. The tasty ingredients and aroma of rice make the chew very satisfying.

Sweet and Sour Pork(咕噜肉)

Sweet and Sour Pork is the local dish in Guangzhou. There are different versions of this dish, but the most common ingredients are pork tenderloin, pineapple and bell pepper. As might be guessed, this dish combines sweet and sour flavors with a hard to resist morsels of deep-fried pork.

Siu Mei(烧味)

Siu mei is one of the Cantonese foods that also is very popular in Cantonese cuisine. The siu mei includes oyster sauce chicken, roast chicken, roast meat, suckling pig, roast duck, roast goose, and hoof. Among them, duck roast is a popular one in siu mei, it is soft and juicy, with bright color and rich fragrance.


Guangzhou seafood is popular in Guangzhou .Due to Guangdong’s proximity to the southern coast of China, fresh live seafood is a specialty in Cantonese cuisine. Many authentic restaurants maintain live seafood tanks. In the Cantonese viewpoint, strong spices are added only to stale seafood to cover the rotting odor. The freshest seafood is odorless, and is best cooked by steaming. For instance, only a small amount of soy sauce, ginger, and spring onion is added to a steamed fish. The light seasoning is used only to bring out the natural sweetness of the seafood. However, most restaurants gladly get rid of their stale seafood inventory by offering dishes loaded with garlic and spices. As a rule of thumb in Cantonese dining, the spiciness of a dish is usually inversely proportional to the freshness of the ingredients.

Best Dim Sum in Guangzhou

Shrimp Dumplings(虾饺)

It is great to eat one or even two food steamers of shrimp dumplings in the morning. Popular Chinese/Cantonese dim sum (har gow) made with shrimp and wrapped with a translucent skin, super yummy and easy to make. A dim sum meal without it would not be complete for Cantonese.


Siu mai is the Cantonese pronunciation. Cantonese-style siu mai are the version that most people are familiar with. They’re round and the filling is wrapped in circular dumpling skins. The filling consists of pork and shrimp. Other additional ingredients may include ginger, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, wood ear, and water chestnuts.

Rice Noodle Roll(肠粉)

Rice Noodle Roll is an umbrella term that describes rolled up rice noodle sheets. It can be used to describe rice noodle rolls with no filling, ones that are filled with shrimp or mince beef, or ones with bits of dried shrimp and scallions cooked into the rice noodles). (Note: Cheung fun is the Cantonese pronunciation of rice noodle rolls; it is chang fen in Mandarin. You see “cheung fun” more often because rice noodle rolls are a Cantonese dish.)

Turnip Cakes(萝卜糕)

Turnip cake is commonly served in Cantonese yum cha, usually cut into rectangular slices and sometimes pan-fried before serving. Each pan-fried cake has a thin crunchy layer on the outside from frying, and is soft on the inside. The non-fried version is soft all over.

Wonton Noodle(云吞面)

Wonton Noodle, known as Yuntun Mian in Guangzhou, served with crisp noodles, tender wonton fillings and a fragrant soup, are one of the favorite small dishes of Guangzhou. The soup is boiled with shrimps, dried sole, and fine pork bones. The wonton is made with fresh pork, shelled shrimps and eggs, and cooked in a thin rice dough wrapper. After cooking, the wonton turns semi-transparent, clear and tempting; hence, its nickname of "glassy wonton".

Cantonese Porridge

Cantonese porridge, white rice is boiled in many times its weight of water for a long time until the rice breaks down and becomes a fairly thick white porridge. Porridge made in other regions may use different types of rice with different quantities of water, producing porridge of different consistency.

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Desserts in Guangzhou

Double Skin Milk(双皮奶)

Double skin milk is a Cantonese dessert made of milk, egg whites, and sugar. Similar to pudding, double skin milk is a very simple but sweet dessert traditionally made from the milk of a water buffalo, sugar and egg whites. The milk is simmered with a layer of sugar and egg whites on top, hence the name "double skin." The soft milk dessert is very healthy and you can add raising, fruit, lotus seeds, or red bean.

Egg Tarts(蛋挞)

The famous Hong Kong Egg Tarts were actually first introduced in Guangzhou in the 1920s during the First Opium War. Almost as a fusion between Western and Chinese cultures, egg tart style and recipe hasn’t changed in decades.

Where to Eat in Guangzhou

Cantonese Cuisine

  • Tao Tao Ju(陶陶居)
    Add: No. 20 Dishipu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区第十甫路20号)
    Tel: 020-85205090
  • Guangzhou Restaurant(广州酒家)
    Add: No. 2 Wenchang South Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区文昌南路2号)
    Tel: 020-88835558
  • Bingsheng Taste(炳胜品味)
    Add: Floor 1-2 Shipai Hotel, No. 168 Tianhe East Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区天河东路168号石牌酒店1-2楼)
    Tel: 020-87518682
  • Luming Restaurant(鹿鸣酒家)
    Add: Luhu Park, Luhu Road, Tianhe District, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区天河区麓湖路麓湖公园)
    Tel: 020-83598180;020-83598268
  • Hongxing Seafood Restaurant(鸿星海鲜酒家)
    Add:the opposite of Hengshaocha Restaurant, No. 3-5 Qiyi Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province (广东省广州市越秀区起义路3-5号哼少茶餐厅对面)
    Tel: 15919316986

Best Places to Eat Snacks in Guangzhou

  • Huahui Rice Noodle Roll(华辉拉肠)
    Add: No. Zibian A4-A5, No. 33 Qiaozhong North Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区桥中北路33号自编A4-A5号)
    Tel: 13640736749
  • Yinji Rice Noodle Roll(银记肠粉)
    Add: No. 79 Shangjiu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区上九路79号)
    Tel: 020-87392179
  • Manji Tingzai Porridge(满记艇仔粥)
    Add: the Fang Village exit of Zhujiang Tunnel, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区珠江隧道芳村出口)
    Tel: 020-83064179
  • Ouchengji Mianshi Expert(欧成记面食专家)
    Add: Inside Liwan Ming Shi Jia, Floor 1, No. 99 Dishipu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区第十甫路99号1楼荔湾名食家内)
    Tel: 15202023858

Best Places to Eat Delicious Cantonese Desserts

  • Shun Ji Bing Shi(顺记冰室)
    Add: No. 85 Baohua Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区宝华路85号)
    Tel: 13926161123
  • Nanxin Milk Dessert Expert(南信牛奶甜品专家)
    Add: No. 47 Dishipu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市荔湾区第十甫路47号)
    Tel: 020-62213663
  • Baihua Dessert Store(百花甜品店)
    Add: No. 210 Wenming Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区文明路210号)
    Tel: 13434228329
  • Uncle Jia Tangwan King(佳叔汤丸王)
    Add: No. 77 Zhongshan San Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区中山三路77号)
    Tel: 13512721753

Halal Food

  • New Yue Muslim Restaurant(新粤穆斯林餐厅)
    Add: F3 Jiazhaoye Plaza, No. 191 Tiyu West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City(广州市天河区体育西路191号佳兆业广场F3)
    Tel: (020)38680585,(020)38680586
  • Kaisier Sinkiang Restaurant(凯斯尔新疆餐厅)
    Add: No. 823 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District(越秀区解放北路823号)
    Tel: (020)36183001,15622268581
  • Hui People Restaurant(回民饭店)
    Add: No. 325 Zhongsan Liu Road(中山六路325号)
    Tel: (020)81303991
  • Sinkiang Islamic Restaurant(新疆伊斯兰餐厅)
    Add: No. 103 Kexin Road, Junjing Garden, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City(广州天河区骏景花园科新路103号)
    Tel: 13822289090
  • Muslim Lanzhou Stretched Noodle(清真兰州拉面)
    Add: No. 865 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区解放北路865号)
    Tel: 13318742376

Hot Pot in Guangzhou

  • Diantaixiang Hot Pot(电台巷火锅)
    Add: No. 1-2 of Floor 1, No. 161-169 Tianhe East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市天河区天河东路161-169号1层106之1、2号)
    Tel: 020-85219026
  • Haidilao Hot Pot(海底捞火锅)
    Add: No. 354 Xingang Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市海珠区新港中路354号)
    Tel: 020-89440008,020-89440009
  • Chishu Seafood Sauna Hot Pot(翅叔海味桑拿火锅店)
    Add: No. 210 Nanhua Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市海珠区南华中路210号)
    Tel: 020-34378669,13826266738
  • Chuji Chaofa Beef Store(传记潮发牛肉店)
    Add: No. 201-203 Zhuguang Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province(广东省广州市越秀区珠光路201-203号)
    Tel: 020-87085888

Famous Food Streets in Guangzhou

Dongdu Great World Food Street(东都大世界美食街)

Dongdu Great World Food Street is located in the bustling Huanshi East Road in Guangzhou. It is a food business street concentrated with the most food from all over the world in Guangzhou. In the past ten years, the operation and network layout have gradually matured. This food street has attracted a variety of special flavor restaurants from France, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan, Southeast Asia and various regions. The biggest feature here is that it brings together cuisines from all over the world, including Malaysian cuisine, Japanese food, seafood, Shandong hometown, Turkish restaurant, etc., which are comparable to Shilin Night Market in Taiwan.

Longkou West Flavor Food Street(龙口西风味美食街)

Longkou West Flavor Food Street is located at Longkou West Road, Tianhe District. The restaurants in Longkou West Road are a bit scattered. In the past, there were small restaurants opened by outsiders, such as Henan cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Hakka cuisine, etc. After then, there were some foreign cuisines there. These restaurants with the area of around 20-30 square meters. Although the names of these small restaurants are not famous, the taste is very delicious. At the same time, the prices of these restaurants are in line with the price positioning of most of the low and medium consumer groups. There are also some high-end specialty restaurants here, which are the decoration of Longkou West Food Street.

Luoxi Food Street(洛溪美食街)

Luoxi food street is located around Beihuan Road, Luoxi Village, Luopu Street, Panyu District, Guangzhou City.Luoxi food street is 500 meters long, with more than 50 styles of restaurants gathered here. Living in a busy city, it is unique in its quaint, open and elegant environment. Cantonese cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Northeastern cuisine, Korean cuisine, Hubei cuisine, snacks from all over the world are all gathered together.

Huifu Food Street(惠福美食街)

Huifu food street is located at Huifu East Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City. This street enjoys the reputation of "Classic cuisine & Lingnan flavor". It consists of three parts: Yushan Road, Huifu East Road, and Shufang Street. On Lushan Road, tourists can find Lingnan traditional snacks and food, and foreign foods; Huifu East Road gathers Lingnan traditional specialties and Southeast Asian snacks; Shufang Street has a variety of eateries. It is a paradise for foodies. Delicious kebabs, pork sausages, crispy trotters, beef sausages, etc. are offered there.

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street(上下九步行街)

As the oldest and most fashionable street in Guangzhou, the established stalls and familiar eateries are everywhere. It has gathered almost all of the Cantonese snacks, and the methods of preparing food are the most authentic. There are just too many restaurants and eateries in the pedestrian street for you to sample everything. There are even some hundred-year-old restaurants such as Tao Tao Ju, as well as the national special-grade restaurant, Guangzhou Restaurant. Shops offer Xiguan Delicacies, such as Nanxin Dessert, Oucheng Noodle Shop and Guanxi House can all be found here. You can taste all the Xiguan gourmet food in Liwan District as you walk along the street.

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street(北京路步行街)

Beijing Road is renowned for its food. It is more like the signature of Beijing Wangfujing in Guangzhou. Beijing Road is very prosperous, including Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, Dama Station Food Street, and Beijing South Road, which has become a gathering place for snacks and treats sold in China. There are many unique rice roll eateries in the two-meter-wide street. Of course, the most famous is the Yinji Rice Roll. The scent of radish and beef comes from stalls along the street. The sweet shrimp and crab congee sold in Guangzhou Restaurant, the Chinese hamburgers, the Mongolian barbecue in the northeast… they have got everything here.

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